'Miracle' son survived hit-and-run
The mother of a man who was hit by a car outside Burger King says it is a "miracle" her son only suffered a broken jaw and two broken legs.
Blair Vinson, a 28-year-old Christchurch painter, was taken to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries after he was struck by a car about 3am on Saturday.
The car that hit him, a green four-door saloon, sped off along Moorhouse Ave after the incident.
Vinson's mother, Lana Vinson, said her son was "in a lot of pain" but did not have life-threatening injuries.
"He's got a broken jaw and two broken legs. It's not good. He's in a lot of pain but he doesn't have any brain injuries. It's really a miracle he has walked away from something like this alive. That's what I keep telling his friends."
Vinson was taken out of intensive care, but had been back in theatre this morning for surgery on his jaw. He would remain in hospital for up to six weeks and have "extensive rehabilitation".
"He's quite an active guy. He's not going to take sitting around very well," Vinson said.
Messages of support for Blair had been written on his Facebook's page.
"So relieved to know Blair is awake and talking. Can't wait to give that man the biggest cuddle," one friend wrote last night.
"He's got a lot of love around him," Vinson asid.
Police have spoken to the passenger of the green car, and would speak to the driver later today.
Vinson said she couldn't believe what had happened to her son.
"It's very shocking. It's a police matter now, but it is just really shocking."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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